Saturday, May 30, 2015

Travelin' Thursday--Cambria, Ca

I'm linking up with Amy from My Bright Bunch for Travelin' Thursday!
This post will be pretty much pictures because the pictures say it all. Cambria is a quiet, relaxing beach town along the central coast of California. It's a great place to drink wine and eat cheese. There is so much wildlife to see. But bring a jacket, it gets windy!
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View from the rocks.

There are some seals on the rocks. Hard to see.

Harbor seal pup.
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I don't have pictures of food or my wine (because I drank it too quickly). I think they're more known for the beauty.

Show us your pictures! Visit My Bright Bunch and link up.

Monday, May 25, 2015

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to the lovely Jill at First Grade Made for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! She is a passionate, creative, and dedicated teacher. Any teacher that has her own blog must be awesome!
I started blogging about one year ago and couldn't have imagined the amazing people I would meet along the way. Teachers are some of the hardest working people and I know and they love every minute of it.

Here are some facts about me:
1. I have taught 2nd grade and only 2nd grade.
2. I love buying children's books. 
3. I don't like vegetables.
4. I love fruit.
5. My favorite movie is Goodfellas.
6. I'm a very sensitive person. I wish I could give some of it away.
7. I love to bake. I have a secret chocolate chip cookie recipe. 
8. I love Mexican food. 
9. I don't like to borrow books. I like to have my own copy.

I am nominating the following bloggers because they have some lovely blogs!
Amy at My Bright Bunch 
Amy at Teach Sparkle Smile
Amy at Blossoms of Blue in 2
Kelly at Glitter in Third
Laura at Year 2 Tastic
Bri at Knowledge Mobile
Jamee at Scissors and Crayons

If you accept this nod, please comment below. I would love to read more about you!

Summer Goals

I have found a great summer weekly link up hosted by Miss Monica at I Heart Grade 3. If you need some blog-spiration, check out her blog :)Weekly Blog Linky - May 24
I want to make healthier choices. I know I won't be perfect, but I need to eat better and exercise more. I have MS, which cause a plethora of symptoms. One being pain in my arms and legs. Exercising regularly will help to ease some of this and make me a happier Stacy.
Create! Create! Create! I wanted to spend a good part of my summer creating new units for my classroom. I have so many ideas and so little time.
I want to blog about anything that inspires me. My new idea is California bakeries. Crazy? Maybe. Every time I visit a new city, I have to stop at a bakery. I think I should spread my knowledge of all things baked.
I'm the type of person that has to be doing something at all times. I rarely let my mind rest. Part of this goal includes taking yoga and meditation classes where iPads, laptops, and phones are not allowed.

I will be beaching it up and Vegasing it up. Mmm hmmm new words. They are self explanatory. I think.

As I type this, my palms keep touching the "control zone" on my new laptop. Once I touch it, I mess stuff up. Therefore, another goal is to figure this computer out.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Travelin' Thursday--Amsterdam

 Hey! I'm linking up with Amy from My Bright Bunch for Travelin' Thursday! I've been to many great places, but let me tell you, I love the U.S.A.!
My most recent trip abroad was to Amsterdam. I had heard so many great things about this place, so when I was given the opportunity to go, I went!
Everyone that goes to Amsterdam takes a picture here.

I'm going to be honest with you, I don't have a good memory. Just a little issue I have. But Amsterdam is, by far, one of the most beautiful places I've been.

I had to take a picture of a street sign. Try saying that. "Reading" the names was too much fun!
 Canals everywhere!

Waffles everywhere!

They are known for their tulips. We tried bringing some bulbs home, but customs would not allow this.

People here ride bikes everywhere. See the green light? They must be used to foreigners not knowing how to ride a bike the "right" way. I'm surprised I didn't get into an accident.
We visited the Van Gogh Museum. It was pretty cool.
The most amazing part of the trip was the Anne Frank house. We climbed the stairs leading to the annex where she hid. The rooms were bare, but artifacts were left on the walls. The marks that showed the growth of Anne and her sister. Some pictures that Anne had posted to the walls. It was very emotional.
I recommend Amsterdam to anybody wanting to go out of the country, but are a little hesitent. The people are welcoming and they speak English, so no need to worry about language. I felt really safe and comfortable, which is a plus.

So there it is! My trip in pictures!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Spark Student Motivation: End of the Year

I'm linking up with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching.

Every year I do something different for my students.
One year I filled buckets with goodies, one year I wrote letters to each student, another year I made a class photo album.

I like change :)

So, this year I'm making personalized gifts for each student. I'm just getting started, but here's a look at what I'm working on.
I bought frames from the dollar store to display each students' gift.

My grade level is using this awesome resource to encourage our kiddos to continue with good behavior. I found it at TpT in Always First with Sue Lynch's store. We have a daily activity, which the kids are so excited about. I mean excited!
End of the Year ABC Countdown IDEAS~Freebie!

Finally, we're spending about 15 minutes a day working on our memory books. As always, the kids have so much fun working on these. This freebie can be found at my store.
The end of the year can get hectic, but it's great to end it with some fun for the kids. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Link up to share your ideas, too!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Currently May

I'm linking up with Farley for May's Currently!

Listening: it's just been one of those years and I'm exhausted.
Loving: I'm taking a couple of personal days for a relaxing getaway, which includes the spa!
Thinking: I ordered a new laptop. I'm so excited! Below you will see what I have been using plus it's old. Here's the story. . . I was taking a quick shower. I turned off the water and noticed the house was a little too quiet. Went to the living room. And there she was. Eating my laptop.

Wanting: some chocolate cake. I'll take any kind of cake!
Needing: am I the only one who trashes her cabinets throughout the year then cleans them up at the end of the year? Need to organize!
Summer: yes to the beach and Vegas; I hope to just relax. Sometimes I just can't do that. I don't know why! Dream for a realtor to call me and tell me there is a house on the beach in my price range (teacher's price range) and it's all mine if I want it.

Head over to Oh Boy 4th Grade to link up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Winner Wednesday--Reading Literature Notebook
Hi! I'm linking up with Jennifer from A Dab of Glue Will Do for a new linky--Winner Wednesday. I'll tell you about one of my favorite products and you'll have a chance to win it! Sounds good to me!

So here it is. . .

This is my Reading Literature Notebook for 1st and 2nd graders. It covers Reading Literature Common Core standards 1 through 9.

There are so many activities that can be done with this notebook. I'll show you a few.

Here the students are describing the structure of a story. All of these notebook pages can be used again and again for different stories.

This is one of my favorite activities. This notebook page helps students determine the central message of a story. After reading a story, I have the kids take out their notebooks and look through the candles in the cake and determine the message of the story. 
Here the students have described the story structure of two different stories and compared and contrasted the two.
This one was so much fun! How many times have you tried to get kids to change their voice for dialogue in a story? Me. A million times. Here the students are reading Little Red Riding Hood with stick puppets and changing their voices to match each character. It was so cute :)
 Would you like this notebook? Why not? Just enter and see what happens.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Five for Friday--Teacher Appreciation

Here it comes! Teacher Appreciation WEEK! I'll take the whole week. Not a day. A week. I hope you get lots of appreciation!
I'm not sure how often you hear it, but I appreciate you! I appreciate you for being excited about teaching. I appreciate you because you spend your free-time looking for creative ideas for your classroom. I appreciate you because you work harder than anybody I know.
Enter the giveaway for a chance
to win a $20 TpT gift certificate! 

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 I'm a little behind the times, but I let my students write on their desks for the first time this week. It. Was. Awesome! They loved it! I loved it!

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Our babies are growing up! 

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Have you heard of The Decoding Solution? I've been using this with my struggling readers and they are truly catching on. The idea is to teach kids to attack the middle of the word rather than the beginning. They are feelings so successful and excited about reading. YAY!
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 I posted my second Art in 30 activity. Read about it here.

 Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend and an even better week!

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